Daily Digest

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Daily Digest


Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S4351–S4434

Measures Introduced:
Fourteen bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1142–1155, and S. Res. 168–169.


Pages S4405–06 

Measures Passed:

National Aphasia Awareness Month:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 168, designating June 2013 as ``National Aphasia Awareness Month'' and supporting efforts to increase awareness of aphasia.


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National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 169, designating the month of June 2013 as ``National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month''.

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Measures Considered:


Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act--Agreement:
Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:


Pages S4359–S4400

Pending:

Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.


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Grassley/Blunt Amendment No. 1195, to prohibit the granting of registered provisional immigrant status until the Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months.


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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013.


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Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Papers Returned--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on Appropriations be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2217, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014; that the papers with respect to the bill be returned to the House of Representatives, as requested by the House; that when the bill is received back in the Senate, it be referred to the Committee on Appropriations with no intervening action or debate.


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Nomination Received:
Senate received the following nomination:

1 Army nomination in the rank of general.


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Messages from the House:


Page S4403 

Measures Referred:


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Measures Placed on the Calendar:


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Executive Communications:


Pages S4404–05 

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages S4406–07 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:


Pages S4407–10 

Additional Statements:


Pages S4402–03 

Amendments Submitted:


Pages S4410–31 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:


Pages S4431–32 

Privileges of the Floor:


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Adjournment:
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:02 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4432.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

VOLUNTARY MILITARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS


Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Department of Defense concluded a hearing to examine voluntary military education programs, after receiving testimony from Frederick Vollrath, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management; and Terry W. Hartle, American Council on Education, Steve Gunderson, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, James Selbe, University of Maryland University College, and Christopher Neiweem, all of Washington, D.C.

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CYBERSECURITY

Committee on Appropriations:
Committee concluded an open hearing and closed briefing on cybersecurity, focusing on preparing for and responding to the enduring threat, after receiving testimony from General Keith B. Alexander, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency, Chief, Central Security Service, Department of Defense; Rand Beers, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Patrick D. Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology; and Richard A. McFeely, Executive Assistant Director, Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice.

AUTHORIZATION: DEFENSE

Committee on Armed Services:
Subcommittee on SeaPower met in closed session and approved for full committee consideration those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services:
Committee began consideration of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET

Committee on the Budget:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Defense, after receiving testimony from Chuck Hagel, Secretary, General Martin E. Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary (Comptroller), all of the Department of Defense.

NOMINATION

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Howard A. Shelanski, of Pennsylvania, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:
Committee ordered favorably reported S. 1094, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, with amendments.

NOMINATION

Committee on Indian Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux, of Maryland, to be Director of the Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, after the nominee testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

NOMINATION

Committee on Rules and Administration:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks, of Virginia, to be Public Printer, Government Printing Office, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Warner and King, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

PENDING BENEFITS LEGISLATION


Committee on Veterans' Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 6, to reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, to provide assistance to small businesses owned by veterans, to improve enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services, S. 200, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the interment in national cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration of individuals who served in combat support of the Armed Forces in the Kingdom of Laos between February 28, 1961, and May 15, 1975, S. 257, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate, S. 262, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide equity for tuition and fees for individuals entitled to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs who are pursuing programs of education at institutions of higher learning, S. 294, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma, S. 373, to amend titles 10, 32, 37, and 38 of the United States Code, to add a definition of spouse for purposes of military personnel policies and military and veteran benefits that recognizes new State definitions of spouse, S. 430, to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance treatment of certain small business concerns for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs contracting goals and preferences, S. 492, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, S. 495, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require Federal agencies to hire veterans, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, S. 514, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide additional educational assistance under Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, math, or an area that leads to employment in a high-demand occupation, S. 515, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program to cover recipients of Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship, S. 572, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes, S. 629, to amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law, S. 674, to require prompt responses from the heads of covered Federal agencies when the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requests information necessary to adjudicate claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary, S. 690, to amend title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts to have been active service for purposes of benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, S. 695, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team and the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to United States Paralympics, Inc., S. 705, to amend title 36, United States Code, to ensure that memorials commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces may contain religious symbols, S. 735, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve benefits and assistance provided to surviving spouses of veterans under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, S. 748, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consider the resources of individuals applying for pension that were recently disposed of by the individuals for less than fair market value when determining the eligibility of such individuals for such pension, S. 778, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue cards to veterans that identify them as veterans, S. 819, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require a program of mental health care and rehabilitation for veterans for service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, or a related substance use disorder, S. 863, to amend title 38, United States Code, to repeal time limitations on the eligibility for use of educational assistance under All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program, to improve veterans education outreach, S. 868, to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a process to determine whether individuals claiming certain service in the Philippines during World War II are eligible for certain benefits despite not being on the Missouri List, S. 889, to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense, S. 893, to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2013, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, S. 894, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend expiring authority for work-study allowances for individuals who are pursuing programs of rehabilitation, education, or training under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to expand such authority to certain outreach services provided through congressional offices, S. 922, to require the Secretary of Labor to carry out a pilot program on providing wage subsidies to employers who employ certain veterans and members of the Armed Forces and require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on providing career transition services to young veterans, S. 927, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a demonstration project to assess the feasibility and advisability of using State and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to increase awareness of benefits and services for veterans and to improve coordination of outreach activities relating to such benefits and services, S. 928, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing of claims for compensation under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, S. 930, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in cases of overpayments of educational assistance under Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, to deduct amounts for repayment from the last months of educational assistance entitlement, S. 932, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for advance appropriations for certain discretionary accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs S. 935, to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from requesting additional medical examinations of veterans who have submitted sufficient medical evidence provided by non-Department medical professionals and to improve the efficiency of processing certain claims for disability compensation by veterans, S. 938, to amend title 38, United States Code, to allow certain veterans to use educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for franchise training, S. 939, to amend title 38, United States Code, to treat certain misfiled documents as motions for reconsideration of decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, S. 944, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program and Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate, S. 1039, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship to include spouses of members of the Armed Forces who die in the line of duty, S. 1042, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide support to university law school programs that are designed to provide legal assistance to veterans, and S. 1058, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize per diem payments under comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans to furnish care to dependents of homeless veterans, after receiving testimony from Senators Schatz, Murkowski, Franken, Wyden, Merkley, and Shaheen; Curtis L.Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Thomas Murphy, Director, Compensation Service, Richard Hipolit, Assistant General Counsel, and John Brizzi, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, all of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Jeffrey C. Hall, Disabled American Veterans, Ian de Planque, The American Legion, and Ryan M. Gallucci, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, all of Washington, D.C.; and Colonel Robert F. Norton, USA (Ret.), Military Officers Association of America, Alexandria, Virginia.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
19 public bills, H.R.2327–2345; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 257–259 were introduced.


Pages H3355–56 

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages H3357–58 

Reports Filed:
Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 634, to provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–105, Pt. 1);

H.R. 634, to provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–105, Pt. 2);

H.R. 742, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to repeal the indemnification requirements for regulatory authorities to obtain access to swap data required to be provided by swaps entities under such Acts (H. Rept. 113–106, Pt. 1);

H.R. 742, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to repeal the indemnification requirements for regulatory authorities to obtain access to swap data required to be provided by swaps entities under such Acts (H. Rept. 113–106, Pt. 2);

H.R. 1038, to provide equal treatment for utility special entities using utility operations-related swaps, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–107);

Supplemental report on H.R. 1947, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (Rept. 113–92, Pt. 3) and

H. Res. 260, providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 1960) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposed (H. Rept. 113–108)


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Speaker:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Massie to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.


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Recess:
The House recessed at 10:44 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.


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Chaplain:
The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Colonel Andrew Gibson, Maine Army National Guard, Augusta, Maine.


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Committee Elections:
The House agreed to H. Res. 257, electing certain Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.


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Suspensions:
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013:

H.R. 2167, to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the home equity conversion mortgage insurance program;


Pages H3299–H3301
Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013:

H.R. 634, amended, to provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 215;

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Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse Indemnification Correction Act of 2013:

H.R. 742, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to repeal the indemnification requirements for regulatory authorities to obtain access to swap data required to be provided by swaps entities under such Acts, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 216; and

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Public Power Risk Management Act of 2013:

H.R. 1038, to provide equal treatment for utility special entities using utility operations-related swaps, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 219.

Pages H3307–09, H3332–33

Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act:
The House passed H.R. 1256, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to jointly adopt rules setting forth the application to cross-border swaps transactions of certain provisions relating to swaps that were enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, by a recorded vote of 301 ayes to 124 noes, Roll No. 218.


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Rejected the Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 194 yeas to 230 nays, Roll No. 217.


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Pursuant to the rule, the amendments recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.


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H. Res. 256, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1960) and (H.R. 1256), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 214, after the previous question was ordered without objection.


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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014:
The House began consideration of H.R. 1960, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 13th.


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H. Res. 256, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1960) and (H.R. 1256), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 214, after the previous question was ordered without objection.


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Recess:
The House recessed at 8:50 p.m. and reconvened at 3 a.m.


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Quorum Calls--Votes:
Five yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3315–16, H3316–17, H3317, H3331–32, H3332, and H3333. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 3:01 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Committee Meetings

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations:
Full Committee held a markup on Defense Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2104. The bill was ordered reported, without amendment.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET REQUEST

Committee on the Budget:
Full Committee held a hearing on the Department of Defense and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Charles T. Hagel, Secretary, Department of Defense.

STRENGTHENING THE MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION SYSTEM

Committee on Education and the Workforce:
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled ``Strengthening the Multiemployer Pension System: What Reforms Should Policymakers Consider?''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

NEED FOR MEDICAID REFORM: A STATE PERSPECTIVE

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``The Need for Medicaid Reform: A State Perspective''. Testimony was heard from Tony Keck, Director, Department of Health and Human Services, State of South Carolina; and public witnesses.

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SATELLITE TELEVISION LAW

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled ``The Satellite Television Law: Repeal, Reauthorize, or Revise?''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

HOUSING FINANCE MODELS

Committee on Financial Services:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Beyond GSEs'' Examples of Successful Housing Finance Models without Explicit Government Guarantees''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

REDUCING BARRIERS TO CAPITAL FORMATION

Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled ``Reducing Barriers to Capital Formation''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MODERNIZING U.S. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID

Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Modernizing U.S. International Food Aid: Reaching More for Less''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN EGYPT

Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled ``American NGOs Under Attack in Morsi's Egypt''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MUMBAI-STYLE ATTACKS AND THE THREAT FROM LASHKAR-E-TAIBA

Committee on Homeland Security:
Subcommittee on Counterterrorism held a hearing entitled ``Protecting the Homeland Against Mumbai-Style Attacks and the Threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on the Judiciary:
Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1797, the ``District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act''; and H.R. 1944, the ``Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013''. H.R 1797 was ordered reported, as amended; and H.R. 1944, was ordered reported, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Natural Resources:
Full Committee held a markup on the following measures: H.R. 412, the ``Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act''; H.R. 657, the ``Grazing Improvement Act''; H.R. 697, the ``Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act''; H.R. 740, the ``Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act''; H.R. 841, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes; H.R. 931, to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon; H.R. 1126, the ``Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act''; H.R. 1411, the ``California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013''; H.R. 1497, the ``War Memorial Protection Act''; H.R. 1548, the ``Native American Energy Act''; H.R. 1825, the ``Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act''; H.R. 1964, the ``National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act''; H.R. 2166, the ``Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2013''; and H.R. 2231, the ``Offshore Energy and Jobs Act''. The following bills were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 412; H.R. 657; H.R. 697; H.R. 740; H.R. 931; H.R. 1126; H.R. 1411; H.R. 1497; H.R. 1548; and H.R. 2231. The following bills were ordered reported, without amendment: H.R. 841; H.R. 1825; H.R. 1964; and H.R. 2166.

GOVERNMENT SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT POLICY

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Protecting Taxpayer Dollars: Is the Government Using Suspension and Debarment Effectively?''. Testimony was heard from John Neumann, Acting Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014

Committee on Rules:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1960, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014'' (amendment consideration). The Committee granted, by voice vote, a rule providing for further consideration under a structured rule for H.R. 1960. The rule provides no additional general debate. The rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113–13, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the report and amendments en bloc described in Section 3 of the resolution. The rule provides that the amendments printed in part B of the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report or against amendments en bloc as described in Section 3 of the resolution. In Section 3, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Armed Services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in part B of the report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services of their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Representatives Coffman, Smith (WA), Gibson, Cooper, Bridenstine, Tsongas, Speier, Garamendi, McGovern, Rohrabacher, DeLauro, Issa, Lynch, Jackson Lee, Cummings, Lee (CA), Roe (TN), Lummis, Schiff, Denham, Van Hollen, Gosar, Butterfield, Al Green (TX), Walz, Benishek, Nolan, Huelskamp, O'Rourke, Barr, Tonko, Collins (NY), Grayson, Bustos, Thompson (PA), Cardenas, Gabbard, Kildee, and Lujan Grisham.

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NEW OZONE STANDARDS ACHIEVABILITY

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:
Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing entitled ``Background Check: Achievability of New Ozone Standards''. Testimony was heard from John Vandenberg, Director, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Division, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency; and public witnesses.

H-2B VISA POLICY AND SMALL TOURISM BUSINESS

Committee on Small Business:
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access held a hearing entitled ``The Seasonal Employment Needs of Small Tourism Businesses and H–2B Visa Policy''. Testimony was heard from Joseph G. Jordan, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Jeff Koses, Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration; and public witnesses.

BOEING 787 INCIDENTS AND LESSONS LEARNED

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled ``Lessons Learned from the Boeing 787 Incidents''. Testimony was heard from Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator, Aviation Security, Federal Aviation Administration; and a public witness.

U.S.-BRAZIL TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONSHIP

Committee on Ways and Means:
Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing entitled ``U.S.-Brazil Trade and Investment Relationship: Opportunities and Challenges.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

JUNE 13, 2013

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine crumbling infrastructure, focusing on outdated and overburdened highways and bridges, 10 a.m., SD–124.

Committee on Armed Services:
closed business meeting to continue to markup the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014, 9:30 a.m., SR–222.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
to hold hearings to examine lessons learned from the financial crisis regarding community banks, 10 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Foreign Relations:
Subcommittee on European Affairs, with the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues, to hold a joint hearing to examine Russia's human rights situation, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on the Judiciary:
business meeting to consider S. 394, to prohibit and deter the theft of metal, S. 162, to reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004, and the nominations of Derek Anthony West, of California, to be Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice, and Valerie E. Caproni, of the District of Columbia, and Vernon S. Broderick, of New York, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
business meeting to consider S. 511, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to enhance the Small Business Investment Company Program, S. 289, to extend the low-interest refinancing provisions under the Local Development Business Loan Program of the Small Business Administration, S. 537, to require the Small Business Administration to make information relating to lenders making covered loans publicly available, and S. 415, to clarify the collateral requirement for certain loans under section 7(d) of the Small Business Act, to address assistance to out-of-State small business concerns, 10 a.m., SR–428A.

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Select Committee on Intelligence:
to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

House

Committee on Appropriations,
Full Committee, markup on Agriculture, Rural Development FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2014, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce,
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, hearing entitled ``Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality through Accreditation'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce,
Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Budget'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, hearing entitled ``Title I of the Toxic Substance Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact'', 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services,
Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, hearing entitled ``Assessing Reform at the Export-Import Bank'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, hearing entitled ``The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers'', 1 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary,
Full Committee, hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 2278, the ``Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources,
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing entitled ``Mining in America: The Administration's Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands'', 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, hearing on H.R. 553, to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the ``Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States''; H.R. 1308, the ``Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act''; H.R. 1399, the ``Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act of 2013''; H.R. 1425, the ``Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2013''; H.R. 1491, to authorize the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2219, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,
Subcommittee on National Security, hearing entitled ``Examining the Government's Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business,
Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, hearing entitled ``Putting the Strategy in sourcing: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Business Contractors'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Ways and Means,
Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Tax Reform: Haven, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 10 a.m., HVC–304. This is a closed hearing.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe:
to hold hearings to examine Syrian refugees in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region, focusing on the United States and international response to the humanitarian crisis that threatens to destabilize the entire region, 2 p.m., SD–562.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday:
Senate will continue consideration of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, June 13

House Chamber

Program for Thursday:
Continue consideration of H.R. 1960--National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Alexander, Rodney, La.,E845

Bachus, Spencer, Ala., E849

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E848, E851

Boustany, Charles W., Jr., La., E846

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E847

Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E845

Capito, Shelley Moore, W.Va., E845

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E850

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E845

Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E847

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E851

Holt, Rush, N.J., E846

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E853

Jones, Walter B., N.C., E847

Kilmer, Derek, Wash., E852

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E849, E852

Levin, Sander M., Mich., E850

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E851

McDermott, Jim, Wash., E850

McKinley, David B., W.Va., E847

Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E849

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E846, E848, E853

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E848, E853

Reed, Tom, N.Y., E849

Walden, Greg, Ore., E850 

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